Cookie Time Limited has been voted best New Zealand-owned business by the Grocery Retailers' Association and taken out gold for best small business for the fourth year running.
The annual Grocery Retailers' Association (NARGON) awards are designed to recognise suppliers who provide quality service and products to the industry.
Off the back of a challenging year with earthquakes affecting production and distribution, Christchurch-based Cookie Time’s entrepreneurial spirit and ambitious growth plans stood it in good stead. As well as the two golds, it also won a silver medal for most efficient distribution.
“Like all Canterbury-based businesses, we have faced some challenging times in the wake of the earthquakes and ongoing recessionary pressures. But we have chosen to look for opportunities and are investing heavily across our Cookie Time, Bumper Bar and One Square Meal brands in line with this," said general manager Lincoln Booth.
In January, Cookie Time launched One Square Meal into Australian supermarkets Woolworths and Coles through a licensing deal with Sanitarium.
In China, it is taking a hard line against a Chinese company’s attempts to register its Cookie Time logo and elsewhere, has a number of additional trademark and patent applications in train.